Tue 9 Mar, 2004 05:03 pm
I was wondering if anyone knows the exact meaning of the song Bridge over troubled waters. I was told that it was an icon for the drug culture, but there are no drug references in the lyrics. To me it represents one giving comfort to someone who was going through bad times. If anyone knows the exact meaning or of a web site that may define this, then please let me know. Thanks [email protected]
That might or might not be true. I heard that the part "Sail on silver girl . . . " is all about shooting up, but it's very subtle, if it's true at all. I never heard Simon or Garfunkel actually every admit to it, but I could see how it might be true.
Good grief. Jermaine Jackson did a wonderful solo rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" on one of the earlier Jackson Five albums. "ABC" I believe. And sang it live at their shows. He was about fourteen or fifeteen at the time (so was I). And now you all are saying that this song was about shooting up heroin?
I'm sorry to burst all of your drug-induced bubbles, but the song is not about shooting up. It's a declairation of friendship, nothing more explicit than that. The "silver girl" line is a referance to one of Paul Simon's girlfriends who was upset about finding gray in her hair and is in fact a joke written into the lyrics for that girl. Paul Simon is not particularly shy about his drug usage and when he's written it into songs, it's pretty obvious and he admits to it freely. There is no reason to paint this song as something other than what it is.
I dont think Simon has ever admitted it, but It's clearly a hymn to cannabis. The "I" is the drug, a bridge over troubled waters.
It is about drugs. Silver girl is a hypo. The word "shine" is the reflection off the hypo.
Like many good song lyrics, it can mean whatever you want, in this case, anything from Drugs to God.
I don't know exactly what Bridge under trouble water mean. But to me it gives a sense of helping someone or some people get over their obstacles.